Former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo used his personal Twitter account Wednesday night to make provocative comments about those who do not believe the workplace is the appropriate launching pad for social justice causes.
Given the extraordinary challenges posed to businesses in 2020, many CEOs and executives have struggled to know whether they should corporately engage cultural movements for racial equality, criminal justice reform, police reform, and other causes. Failing to do so often roils employees, but joining the fray can also create significant distractions in the workplace.
Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong wrote a blog post last weekend that declared his company would remain free of such distraction.
"We've seen what internal strife at companies like Google and Facebook can do to productivity," Armstrong wrote. "We don't engage here when issues are unrelated to our core mission…because we believe impact only comes with focus."
Those profit-over-politics remarks instigated a heated exchange on Twitter that culminated in Costolo suggesting he would "happily" watch politically-hesitant business leaders put before a revolutionary firing squad.
More than one person picked up on the apparent violation of Twitter rules on the promotion of violence by a former Twitter CEO.
To this point, Costolo's tweet remains active, with no suspension or disciplinary action from Twitter.